Trump's 2020 budget request to seek $8.6 billion for border wall


He has continued to try to pump more money into the military and border security programs, and the budget provides funding for the creation of a "Space Force", and a U.S. Space Command, ideas Trump has personally pushed even while he ran into some resistance from military leaders and congressional Republicans.

By refusing to raise the budget caps, Trump is signaling a fight ahead.

"But his budget does the exact opposite of what he promised the American people". "This budget puts forward $2.7 trillion in spending reduction over the next ten years and balances within 15 years", Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Russ Vought said.

Trump has long touted his border wall project as a staple of his presidency. "The whole issue of the wall and border security is of paramount importance".

Leading Democrats immediately rejected the proposal.

"President Trump hurt millions of Americans and caused widespread chaos when he recklessly shut down the government to try to get his expensive and ineffective wall, which he promised would be paid for by Mexico", they said in a joint statement. They say the money would be better spent on rebuilding the country.

Maryland Democrat Steny Hoyer, a House rep since 1981, said the budget reflected the administration's "separation from reality". That standoff led to a 35-day partial government shutdown, the longest in US history.

The national emergency declaration unsettled many lawmakers, including some of his key allies in the Senate.

President Trump is releasing a $4.7 trillion budget plan Monday that stands as a sharp challenge to Congress and the Democrats trying to unseat him, the first act in a multi-front struggle that could consume Washington for the next 18 months.

One senior administration official said the $8.6 billion in additional funding, combined with the money Trump is attempting to redirect through a national emergency declaration, would allow the White House to complete at least 722 miles of new barriers - a figure that long has been a White House goal.

The president's budget comes as federal deficits are exploding.

Trump needs this prize for his 2020 presidential reelection campaign. He also said Mexico would pay for it, though the Mexican government has repeatedly refused to finance the project.

It asks for $8.6 billion to build a wall on the border with Mexico.

The budget does not make explicit whether the administration is asking Congress to consider converting Medicaid to a system of block grants once again - or whether it seeks to make such a switch on its own. Watch as Roll Call explains the budget. To stay within the caps, the budget shifts a portion of the defense spending, some $165 billion, to an overseas contingency fund, which some fiscal hawks will view as an accounting gimmick.

"President Trump has somehow managed to produce a budget request even more untethered from reality than his past two", said Democratic Representative Nita Lowey, chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee. They include boosting defense spending and adding resources to the border, while cutting nondefense by $2.7 trillion.

An official 2020 White House budget won't appear until later this year.

Conservatives railed for years against deficits that rose during the first years of Barack Obama's administration as tax revenue plummeted and spending increased during the Great Recession.

The request is just a part of the president's 2020 budget blueprint, which he's expected to present to lawmakers on Monday.

The Congressional Budget Office, a non-partisan arm of Congress, in January pushed out its projections for the deficit to top $1 trillion until 2022 from an earlier expectation of 2020 amid lower disaster relief spending.

"With severe cuts to essential programs and services that would leave our nation less safe and secure, the Trump budget is as risky as it is predictable". And the political dynamics that enabled bipartisan deficit-cutting deals decades ago has disappeared.



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